Contrary to what you may think, there is no need to bring suitcases full of books. For your academic courses, what we do recommend is to bring books published in the United States that are hard to obtain and more expensive in Israel. If there are books printed in Israel that you need to purchase we will either organize a group purchase or advise you to where to buy them locally.
Important things to remember:
This course will be taught in the fall 2020 term. Buy the book in the States.
The Oxford History of the Biblical World. Oxford University Press. ed. Coogan, Michael David. 1998.
"עברית מן ההתחלה""Ivrit Min Ha'Hatchala", both the yellow and red books. These are only used in Kita Aleph and Bet so if you think you will be in one of those classes and already own the books, bring them. If not, we will organize a group purchase after you arrive. Otherwise, there are no books that you have to bring for Hebrew and Grammar. But expect to buy books here (NIS 100 - 200) according to your Hebrew level.
This book has work pages included in it, and so a hard copy should be purchased.
The following books are available in our library but if you already own them, you might want to bring them (but remember that similar tools are available online and/or as apps):
Buy, bring with you and be familiar with it in advance Israel: A History (The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies) by Anita Shapira. Available digitally.
The Rabbinics instructors put together a reader for their courses containing the required readings.
Books that are recommended not mandatory:
Students will be provided with a copy of The Torah: A Women's Commentary on year-long loan from our library. You will be gifted your own copy by the Women of Reform Judaism when you arrive Stateside for your second year of study.
All students must bring a copy - the non-transliterated version. You can purchase a hard copy, a travelling copy or download it to your laptop or ipad. The instructor will use the hard copy, so we recommend buying this version, but if you choose to purchase a travelling copy, which is useful on tiyulim, you certainly will be able to use it, just the page numbers are different. You can order hard and travelling copies online here. There is a 20% discount for students. To receive your discount, please write to the Customer Service Department at email@example.com
Siddur Rinat Yisrael (Ashkenaz)
If you own it already, bring it, otherwise you will buy it in a group purchase.
The Koren Sacks Siddur or Ha-Siddur Ha-Shalem Philip Birnbaum, is recommended as an optional purchase for a good English/Hebrew traditional siddur to complement the Rinat Yisrael.
If you own Entering Jewish Prayer, Reuven Hammer, bring it. Otherwise you will need to purchase it here through HUC-JIR as it is a required text for all students for Introduction to Liturgy. It is also available digitally.
Rabbinic and Education students are required to take a cantillation course for which you will need:
The Art of Torah Cantillation: A Step by Step Guide to Chanting Torah.
Students may also opt to take an additional cantillation course for which you will need:
The Art of Cantillation, Volume 2: A Step by Step Guide to Chanting Haftarah and M'gilot
Both books should be purchased in America either hard-copy or digital.
Cantorial students should expect to spend $250-300 on books/music.
A. Required books that SSM students should buy in the States either hard-copy or digital.
Cantor Marshall Portnoy and Cantor Josee Wolf, The Art of Torah Cantillation: A Step by Step Guide to Chanting Torah. New York: UAHC Press, 2000 and later editions.
Cantor Marshall Portnoy and Cantor Josee Wolf, The Art of Cantillation, Volume 2: A Step by Step Guide to Chanting Haftarah and M'gilot, New York: UAHC Press, 2001 and later editions.
Pinchas Spiro, Complete Weekday Service: A Musical Siddur, New York: Cantors Assembly, 1980 and later editions.
Motti Regev and Edwin Seroussi, Popular Music and National Culture in Israel, University of California Press 2004
B. Books that SSM students should bring with them if they have them
You will need (also available in Israel):
Joel N. Eglash (ed.), The Complete Shireinu, 350 fully notated Jewish songs, New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, 2001 and later editions.
Jeffrey Siovitz (ed.) Zamru Lo – Next Generation, volumes 1 and 2, New York: Cantors Assembly, 2005